Today Mama spent the day getting settled into the rehabilitation center. She did have some light therapy this morning, but she mostly spent the day getting oriented to her new environment. The more intense therapy will begin in the morning, and she’ll do therapy for the full day everyday from this point forward.
Her appetite is starting to get a little better, and the anti-anxiety medication is helping her some. Mama is looking forward to doing whatever she needs to do to get better. Thank you so much to everyone for your continued prayers and comments. We’re going to start bringing the cards everyone has sent to her so that as she feels up to reading she’ll have some positive and encouraging things to read!
This afternoon Mama was transferred from Mayo Hospital to Brooks Rehabilitation. She will be doing in-patient rehabilitation for a while – typically patients with brain injuries remain in-patient for at least two weeks, depending on the individual. She still needs help with most everything (she can’t get out of bed without a nurse, she still needs help eating, etc.), so we’ve still got a ways to go, but she was thrilled to be leaving the hospital.
They removed the staples from her head yesterday and today she became IV-free, so it’s been a big day or so! However, she’s still very anxious, so we continue to pray for peace of mind and patience in her recovery.
Mama walked halfway down the hall and then walked back today, so she doubled her distance from yesterday. She’s glad to be in her new room, though she’s getting more anxious about being in the hospital. Mama’s frustrated by the effort it takes to do anything – get up, move around, eat . . . even just laying in the bed is a bit of an effort because she switches between hot and cold so often. The doctors have hinted that she may get to leave the hospital this week and move to Brooks Rehabilitation where she’ll likely be an in-patient for a while. She’s talking a LOT more and is having regular conversations with us now. She didn’t sleep much last night, so hopefully her anxiety will go down some so that she’ll be able to get some sleep!